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The distinguished surname Webster emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational
surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Webster is an occupational
name for a weaver of cloth. The surname Webster is derived from the Old English word webbestre,
which originally meant female weaver.
Nevertheless, this name came to commonly refer to male weavers in later times.
The surname Webster was first found in Derbyshire
where they held considerable estates at Balsover from about the 13th century.
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Webster, Webstere and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webster research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Webster History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Webster family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Webster:
Webster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Roger Webster, his wife Joanne, settled in Virginia in 1623
- Roger Webster, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- John Webster arrived in Connecticut in 1630
- John Webster, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634
- Ralph Webster, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1635
Webster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margaret Webster, who landed in Virginia in 1703
Webster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Webster, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
- Isaac Webster, who arrived in New York in 1822
- Frederick L Webster, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1829
- Richard Webster, who arrived in New York in 1830
- Joseph Henry Webster, aged 25, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1844
Webster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mathew Webster, his wife, and three children, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Ann Webster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Jane Webster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Marina Webster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Mary Webster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
Webster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Webster settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1818
- Joshua Webster, who arrived in Canada in 1830
- Henry Boulton Webster, who landed in Canada in 1840
Webster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Webster, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas Webster, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- John Webster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
- James Webster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849
- James Webster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
Webster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Webster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- W Webster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
- William Webster, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- James Webster landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
- Mr Webster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship George Fife
Webster Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
- William Webster, aged 23, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
- Clarence Howard "Bud" Webster (1952-2016), American science fiction and fantasy writer
- George Amon Webster (1945-2013), American baritone vocalist and the pianist with the Cathedral Quartet (1969-1971)
- Patti Webster (1964-2013), American entertainment publicist and author who represented notable recording artists, athletes, and actors, including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Usher, Halle Berry, Chris Paul and Holly Robinson Peete
- Howard Webster (1925-2013), American world champion steer roper, inducted into PRCA Hall of Fame and National Cowboy Hall of Fame
- Nicholas Webster (1912-2006), American film and television director
- Ben Webster (1909-1973), influential American jazz musician
- William Hedgcock Webster (b. 1924), Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1978 to 1987, Director of Central Intelligence from 1987 to 1991, and Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (2006-)
- John G. Webster, American electrical engineer and a founding pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering
- Private First Class David Kenyon Webster (1922-1961), American soldier, journalist, and author portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Eion Bailey
- Arthur Gordon Webster (1863-1923), American physicist and founder of the American Physical Society
- The Family of William Webster of Rhode Island: A Genealogical History by Leo H. Garman.
- Indian Hollow Road: A 19th Century American Family, Their Letters, Their Story By Jo Anne Meade Webster.
- A Webster Genealogy By Myrna V. Sandwall.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Fides et justitiaMotto Translation:
Faith and justice.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Webster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Webster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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